Player / Parent Code of Conduct

Player / Parent Code of Conduct

Little League should be a fun and rewarding time for the players, parents, coaches, umpires, and fans. Through softball, Willow Creek Little League ("WCLL") seeks to enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of every child that takes part. It is the League's express goal that every player will be a better citizen, and have a greater chance for success in future endeavors, as a result of their Little League experiences. As such, the Willow Creek Little League expects the highest degree of sportsmanship from its members. In keeping with this philosophy, the following Code of Conduct has been adopted to better promote fairness, teamwork, trust, good citizenship, sportsmanship, responsibility, and respect among the members of Willow Creek Little League. Willow Creek Little League strongly encourages the following:

  • Applaud effort on the field, regardless of the score
  • Remember that the league exists for the players to learn and to have fun. Even though softball is competitive in nature, winning is of secondary performance.
    • Parents should be supportive of coaches. The coaches are volunteers giving of their time - and often, giving of their money - in order to coach. Parents should be a positive role model that fosters respect of the coaches among the players. Concerns about a player's role on a team should be expressed to the coach(es) in a private setting, never in public.
    • Umpires are "in training" as well as the players. Coaches and parents should bear in mind that many of our umpires are volunteers learning the skills of umpiring. All umpires will make mistakes occasionally, but coaches and parents are expect to accord the umpires with the respect their position within the game deserves.
    • Booing, taunting, refusing to shake another coach's and/or player's hands after a game, or ridiculing another player is not acceptable behavior.
    • Teach players that they have a responsibility to learn and to try their best. Effort leads to achievement and respect.

Players will learn these values by the examples they see from those around them, and to this end, the following rules will be strictly enforced:

  • Verbal abuse of an official, coach, player or spectator, including obscence gestures, will not be tolerated. The offender may be removed from WCLL fields at the discretion of an umpire or WCLL board member.
  • Softball is a game of interpretations, and as a result, disputes will occur from time to time. However, it is important that players learn respect. All disputes that are taken up with the umpire will be handled in a civil manner. ONLY managers may initiate such discussions with an umpire.
    • Coaches will refrain from complaining about perceived bad calls to players and fans.
    • All discussions will be held in conversational tones. Under no circumstances will a coach, fan or player yell at an umpire, coach, fan or player. The lone exception to this rule is when a coach or player shouts to another coach, player or teammate during the course of a play as part of that play.
    • Profanity is expressly forbidden at all times at all WCLL practices and games.
    • Alcoholic beverages and the use of illicit drugs are prohibited at all WCLL practices and games.
    • The use of tobacco products on all Beaverton School District property including outdoor areas is prohibited.

Anyone removed from WCLL fields must leave all fields and the access roads to the fields. Such persons may not remain in the parking lot. Any infraction of the above rules will result in a report being delivered to the WCLL Board for consideration of further action. Such penalties include, but are not limited to the following in any order or combination:

  • Verbal warning issued by WCLL or District 4 Little League
  • Written warning issued by WCLL or District 4 Little League
  • Suspension or immediate ejection from a WCLL youth sports event issued by WCLL or District 4 Little Leauge, who is authorized to issue such suspension or ejection from WCLL youth sports organization.
  • Suspension from multiple youth sports events issued by WCLL or District 4 Little League, who is authorized to issue such suspension from WCLL youth sports organization.
  • Season suspension or multiple season suspension issued by WCLL Board or District 4 Little League.

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